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A bounty of mouth-watering eateries await near The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park. Just a few doors down from the New York City luxury hotel is the always inviting Sarabeth’s. The homey restaurant is a brunch favorite for locals — no surprise with elegantly plated comfort food such as fluffy almond-crusted French toast and savory smoked salmon eggs Benedict. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are also served.
Slightly farther a field from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is a collection of upscale restaurants housed in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Highly regarded chefs such as Thomas Keller, Marc Murphy and Masayoshi Takayama are among the purveyors of these lauded haunts. Keller’s French-inspired Per Se has arguably one of the most famous prix fixe menus in town — a nine-course tasting for $275. Murphy’s industrially designed Landmarc offers a more wallet-friendly take on French cuisine, with a menu for every meal of the day. Masa is the brainchild of Takayama, and is considered one of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Despite its high price tag, the Japanese bistro stays plenty busy — you’ll need to make reservations at least three weeks in advance to score a table here. It might be worth the wait, though, for fresh fish shipped directly from Asia, hand prepared by chef Masa himself.